- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
> It's hard to believe that 6'7", 328-pound JOHN HENDERSON could be overlooked, but such was the case last season when fellow defensive tackle Marcus Stroud was voted into the Pro Bowl. Still, Henderson is just as deserving of mention among the league's best at his position. He is a powerful two-gap run-stopper who regularly occupies two blockers.
ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
I hear all the prognosticators putting these guys deep into the playoffs. I don't buy it, but I do think they're heading upward.... Defensively, they're not as good as they're perceived. The two tackles [ Marcus Stroud and John Henderson] are tough, but they can be inconsistent.... The linebackers are average, though Mike Peterson looks good.... [Former Panther] Deon Grant has no instincts, and that showed in the Super Bowl. Donovin Darius is an impact player, but I don't know why people can't throw on these guys.... Offensively, their line will be improved. I like Brad Meester at center. From what I've seen on film, I like his attitude. But there are still questions: Fred Taylor makes them go, but will he stay healthy? Byron Leftwich is a good young quarterback, but is he athletic enough?... At receiver, how much does Jimmy Smith have left at 35? And Reggie Williams wasn't worth the ninth pick in the draft. His hands are just O.K., and he's not fast enough.... [Special teams coach] Pete Rodriguez was their biggest signing. He'll help them immensely. But they're still not a playoff team.
Donovin Darius is an impact player, but I don't know why people can't throw on these guys.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 5--11
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):